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Willamette Valley Vineyards was named one of the best picks of the Willamette Valley by Gerry Frank in The Oregonian.

Willamette Valley Vineyards' McMinnville Tasting Room named a Top Tasting Room in Oregon by Priority Wine Pass.

The Oregonian announces a collaboration between Willamette Valley Vineyards and other Oregon wineries to create Oregon Solidarity wines.

The Mail Tribune covers the rally to save Rogue Valley grapes for the 2018 harvest (includes video).

Sip Northwest names awards the 2015 Méthode Champenoise Brut a Double Gold in the Best of the Northwest.

The Washington Post highlights the efforts made by Willamette Valley Vineyards and others to save grapes in Rogue Valley after Elouan cancels contracts.

The Associated Press features WVV as a winery combating climate change.

Wine Enthusiast praises sparkling wine in the Willamette Valley, with a feature on the future Bernau Estate.

TripSavvy recommends WVV as one of the eight most romantic wine desitinations in the United States.

WVV named a "Detour Worth Taking" by Los Angeles Times.

Willamette Valley named Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.

WVV is named 2016 Sunset Travel Award Winner for Best Vineyard/Tasting Room Experience by Sunset Magazine.

Founder Jim Bernau Nominated for "Person of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast.

Wine Enthusiast named WVV as having one of America's Best Value Pinot Noirs.

Groundbreaking for Elton Winery draws more than 500 Wine Enthusiasts.

Bill Fuller returns to winemaking.

 


 

Accolades

2020 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destination

Oregon Business Magazine
Willamette Valley Vineyards was named a 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destination in Oregon for 2019 and 2020

Oregon Business Magazine gathered ratings from the most widely used online review sites such as Google, TripAdvisor and Yelp, then tallied and combined them to determine the level of traveler's overall satisfaction with a business. More than 80,000 reviews were analyzed! The scores were then ranked to create the 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations list.

 

2018 NW Travel & Life Top Travel Pick

 

2018 Top Travel Pick

Northwest Travel & Life Magazine 2018
Willamette Valley Vineyards was named “2018 Top Travel Pick” by Northwest Travel & Life Magazine.

"Just south of Salem, Oregon, Willamette Valley Vineyards has everything you need for a romantic fall wine getaway. Perched on a hill above the vineyards, the tasting room, dining room and guest suites — not to mention the cellar rich with the aromas of the fresh harvest and oak barrels — all have a view of the vineyards ablaze with fall colors and the broad valley below. The Willamette Valley Vineyards story is one of passion for the vineyards and fine wines coupled with environmental and community stewardship. Since founding it in 1983, Jim Bernau has developed Willamette Valley Vineyards into one of the best producers of pinot noir in the country."

2018 Trip Advisor Hall of Fame

Trip Advisor 
Willamette Valley Vineyards was included in the 2018 TripAdvisor Excellence Hall of Fame.

The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and service. It is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great Trip Advisor reviews. We're honored to be included in the 2018 TripAdvisor Excellence Hall of Fame for having won the Certificate of Excellence 5+ years in a row.

 

Oregon's Most Admired Companies

Portland Business Journal 2018
Willamette Valley Vineyards was named among the top 20 Most Admired Companies in Oregon.

This pretigious recognition is the result of a survey sent to more than 5,000 CEOs evaluating more than 400 companies in Oregon to determine the Most Admired Companies in our region. The awards highlight a short list of companies who have made an impact on our communities with their proficient marketing, financial impact and extensive stature.

Sunset Travel Awards logo

Best Vineyard/Tasting Room 

Sunset Magazine, Travel Awards 2016 - Winner
Sunset Magazine, Travel Awards 2018 - Finalist
Sunset Magazine, Travel Awards 2019 - Finalist

Willamette Valley Vineyards was named “Best Vineyard/Tasting Room” by Sunset Magazine.

Wine & Spirits Winery of the Year

2011 Winery of the Year

Wine & Spirits Magazine
Willamette Valley Vineyards was named “2011 Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits Magazine.

“Each year, our panels and critics blind taste more than 10,000 wines, selecting the best for recommendation in the magazine. Our 'Top 100 Wineries of the Year Award' highlight brands with a range of wines our critics have scored at the top of their categories. Willamette Valley Vineyards’ performance makes it a great ambassador for wines of Oregon.”

View a PDF of the article.

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2011 Oregon Winery of the Year

WINE PRESS NORTHWEST MAGAZINE
Willamette Valley Vineyards was named "2011 Oregon Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest.

Andy Perdue, Editor-in-chief, states, “With over 350 possible candidates in Oregon, we make sure we are careful in our selection and that the winery is worth the award. This was an easy decision this year as Willamette Valley Vineyards has been a leader in the industry for decades with their sustainability efforts and high quality Pinot Noir.”

 


 

Wine Scores & Awards

PINOT NOIR

ESTATE PINOT NOIR

  • 2017: 90pts - Wine Spectator 
  • 2017: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2016: GOLD - Cascadia Int'l Wine Competition
  • 2016: 92pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2016: GOLD - San Francisco Chronicle 
  • 2016: 91pts & GOLD MEDAL - San Francisco Int'l Wine Competition
  • 2016: 92pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2016: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2015: 93pts & GOLD MEDAL "Exceptional" - Tastings
  • 2015: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2015: 95pts & DOUBLE GOLD - San Francisco Int’l Wine Competiton
  • ​2014: Best of Show - Portland Seafood & Wine Fest 
  • 2013: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: 93pts - Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2011: 90pts - Beverage Dynamics
  • 2011: 89pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2010: 90pts - PinotReport
  • 2009: 92pts - Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2008: 92pts - Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2008: 90pts - Wine Spectator

BERNAU BLOCK PINOT NOIR  

  • 2017: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2016: 93pts - James Suckling 
  • 2015: GOLD - Savor NW
  • 2015: 92pts - Vinous
  • 2015: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2014: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: 91pts - Vinous
  • 2013: 91pts/Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: 90pts/Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: GOLD - Oregon Wine Awards
  • 2010: 91pts - Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
  • 2010: 90pts - Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2010: 90pts/Cellar Selection - Wine & Spirits 
  • 2009: 92pts - Wine & Spirits

ELTON PINOT NOIR

  • 2017: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2015: 91pts & GOLD - Tastings
  • 2013: 93pts - Int’l Wine Report
  • 2012: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2011: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2010: 92pts - Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
  • 2010: 91pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2009: 91pts/Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 91pts - Wine Advocate

TUALATIN ESTATE PINOT NOIR

  • 2015: Platinum, Wine Press Northwest 19th Annual Platinum Competition
  • 2015: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2015: 94pts & Gold/Cellar Seletion - Tastings
  • 2015: 91pts - Vinous
  • 2015: 92pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2014: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2012: 92pts - Tasting Panel
  • 2011: 91pts - Beverage Dynamics
  • 2011: 89pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2010: 92pts - PinotReport
  • 2010: 90pts - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast

O’BRIEN PINOT NOIR

  • 2016: 93pts - James Suckling
  • 2016: 94pts - Wine & Spirits
  • 2012: 92pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 94pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast

FULLER PINOT NOIR 

  • 2016: 92pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: 94pts - Tasting Panel
  • 2012: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 92pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2008: DOUBLE GOLD - Oregon Wine Awards

HANNAH PINOT NOIR

  • 2015: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2015: 92pts - Vinous
  • 2014: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: 90pts - Burghound
  • 2010: 92pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2010: 91pts - Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast

VINTAGE 43 PINOT NOIR

  • 2016: 91pts - Wine Advocate

SIGNATURE CUVÉE PINOT NOIR

  • 2013: 92pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2012: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2010: 91pts - PinotReport
  • 2010: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2010: 90pts - Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine Spectator

FOUNDERS’ RESERVE PINOT NOIR

  • 2017: 91pts & GOLD MEDAL - Tastings World Wine Championships 
  • 2016: 92pts - Wine & Spirits
  • 2008: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2008: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast

WHOLE CLUSTER PINOT NOIR

  • 2018: 91pts & Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast 
  • 2017: 91pts/Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2015: 90pts - Vinous
  • 2015: 90pts/Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2014: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: 92pts - PinotReport
  • 2010: 90pts - Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast

WHOLE CLUSTER ROSE OF PINOT NOIR

  • 2018: 2018: 90pts/Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2017: 90pts & Year's Best Rosé - Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2017: 92pts & Best Buy - Wine Spectator
  • 2017: 93pts & 5 stars - Beverage Dynamics
  • 2017: 90pts & Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2017: 91pts - Blue Lifestyle
  • 2016: 91pts & Gold - San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • 2015: 90pts/Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2015: 91pts - International Wine Reveiw

WHITES 

ESTATE CHARDONNAY

  • 2017: 91pts - James Suckling
  • 2017: 91pts & GOLD - Savor NW
  • 2016: 93pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2016: 91pts - Blue Lifestyle
  • 2015: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2015: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2014: 90pts/Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: 90pts - Tasting Panel
  • 2010: GOLD - Oregon Wine Awards
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine & Spirits 
  • 2008: 91pts & Editor’s Choice - Wine Enthusiast

PINOT GRIS

  • 2018: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2018: 91pts, American Wine Society
  • 2016: 91pts & Editors's Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2015: 90pts & Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: GOLD - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2011: DOUBLE GOLD - American Wine Society
  • 2011: GOLD - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2011: DOUBLE GOLD - American Wine Society
  • 2010: DOUBLE GOLD/BEST OF SHOW - Indy International
  • 2009: GOLD - The Dallas Morning News & Texsom

MÉTHODE CHAMPENOISE BRUT

  • 2016: 93pts, DOUBLE GOLD - American Wine Society
  • 2016: DOUBLE GOLD - Sip Northwest Magazine
  • 2016: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2016: 90pts & Year's Best Summer Sparkling - Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2015: 92pts, GOLD & Best of Show - American Wine Society
  • 2015: 92pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2015: 91pts, GOLD & Exceptional - Tastings
  • 2015: DOUBLE GOLD - Cascadia International Wine Competition
  • 2014: 92pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2014: 93pts - Wine & Spirits

DIJON CLONE CHARDONNAY

  • 2012: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2008: 91pts - Tasting Panel
  • 2008: Excellent - Wine Press Northwest

RIESLING

  • 2018: 91pts & Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2014: 90pts & Best Value - Wine Spectator
  • 2012: GOLD - Portland Seafood & Wine Festival
  • 2011: DOUBLE GOLD - San Francisco Chronicle
  • 2010: 90pts & Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2009: DOUBLE GOLD/BEST OF SHOW - Indy International
  • 2009: BEST OF SHOW - Portland Seafood & Wine
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native Jim Bernau with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir,
Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine


 

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